>> one must not forget where governing in a time that is extremely difficult. in france, in europe, and the world. and ever since the 1950's has the government had to face up to such difficulties. we're confronting them with determination. what is essential and what the president has said yesterday it is that france is not just in the country, but a great country, a specific social model. today, this social model is in danger. there are many things to correct, change, and reform. >> mean while in spain, the country's general workers' union said today's general strike was being observed by nearly all workers in the automobile, energy, shipbuilding, and construction industries. this is a union spokesperson. >> we are not that bad off here, but we all have an unemployed brother or friend. everyone says the same.